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Trash and Treasure

Vankleek Hill’s Town-Wide Yard Sale. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but you know . . . the early birds get the best stuff, so plan to arrive early and bring a trailer! You’ll need it! Want to book a space along the town’s Main Street? Call 613-678-3327, and press zero to speak to Irene. Please be prepared to pre-pay for your spot. The Review provides a ton of support for this event, which is brought to you by the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association, which provides porta-potties for everyone and pays to advertise it outside the region.

(Note that all ad and printing support for T and T in The Review is donated to the BMA.)

What is Trash and Treasure?
It is a community-wide yard sale organized by the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association since 2000. Homeowners, church groups and organizations in Vankleek Hill and from the region are the primary vendors working on their front lawns, driveways and porches. Local residents can invite friends and family to participate by bringing items to create a yard sale on their properties in Vankleek Hill. PLUS: Out-of-town vendors who have not yet made friends in Vankleek Hill can call 613-678-3327 to reserve a space for $20 along the town’s main street, where the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association has reserved parking lots just for this purposes. Out-of-town vendors should bring their own tables, etc. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers are on hand at 7 a.m. to collect the $20 fee.

Why does the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association organize this event?
From the very beginning, the merchant association organized this event as a fun day, to bring people to Vankleek Hill for a fun day! All donations and proceeds from the event, including the small charge for vendor spaces, is used to offset the cost of advertising this event far beyond the Vankleek Hill Community. The Review donates all advertising association with this event.

What is the date?
The sale is always the first Saturday in June. This year the sale takes place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What will happen if it rains?
The sale will continue rain or shine! There is no rain date for the sale. Vendors are encouraged to plan on using tarps or garages if there is rain in the forecast.

This event takes place RAIN OR SHINE.

Where is Vankleek Hill?
The town-wide yard sale is held in the village of Vankleek Hill, but over the years, the sale has expanded and as you drive to town, you will see lots of yard sales along Highway 34 between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill. From Ottawa, follow Highway 417 to Exit 27 and head north into Vankleek Hill.
Or: follow Highway 17 and take Cassburn Road at L’Orignal to get to Vankleek Hill.
From Montreal, follow Highway 40 and take existing 17 at Barb Road and follow signs to get to Vankleek Hill.
From Lachute, take Highway 50 or Highway 148, take the Grenville exit, cross the Long Sault Bridge to Hawkesbury and follow Highway 34 to Vankleek Hill.
From Cornwall, take Highway 401 to Lancaster and follow Highway 34 to Vankleek Hill. Ideally, please keep your cars at home.

How do I register as a vendor?
There is no official registration, but vendors are advised to call 1-877-678-3327 to reserve your spot.

Can I set up a table on the sidewalk in front of my business or another business?
Absolutely NOT! Vending on public property such as sidewalks, boulevards, roads, and parkland is illegal.
Businesses locating in Vankleek Hill CAN hold a sale in front of their business but cannot block the sidewalk.

What about food sales?
There are several restaurants in Vankleek Hill and often, community organizations have kiosks selling bottled water, hot dogs or hamburgers. Where to Eat?

What about public washrooms?
There are rented washroom facilities located beside the Vankleek Hill Tourist Info Centre, located at 94 Main Street East. Watch for signs.

What are some tips for a successful garage sale?
Set up early so that you are prepared for those early birds! Price all your items, either individually or in groups (eg. books 25 cents). Display items on tables or in boxes according to type and/or price. Have a cash box or change apron with lots of coins for change. In the case of large items that can’t be carried away, an impromptu sales receipt can be drawn up with a deposit and an exchange of telephone numbers to hold the item until the traffic has dwindled and you can return with a vehicle to pick up your treasure.

Are there any regulations regarding the items I sell?
Health Canada has posted information for garage sale vendors on their Consumer Product Safety website.
Take a moment to review the information here.

What about parking?
Parking is available “catch as catch can” in Vankleek Hill everywhere! If you must drive, kindly park your car and walk in the neighbourhood rather than cruising in your car to reduce congestion. The amount of pedestrian traffic makes driving dangerous for everyone. If you’re a Vankleek Hill resident, try to park your vehicle off the street to make room for the many visitors we expect again this year.

Are there any designated no parking zones?
All the usual parking rules are in effect. Please check the posting of parking signs and ensure that you are not blocking a fire hydrant or driveway.

Are there ATM machines nearby?
Yes, on Main Street, right in the heart of the action: at Scotiabank and the National Bank. Try to bring cash with you as these machines may empty out early during Trash and Treasure.

How can I keep my sales area tidy?
Homeowners! You can help us out. Please place a garbage can by the curb for litter. With the large crowds this event attracts, there can be a large amount of litter produced. At the end of the day, clean up around your property and ensure you don’t leave debris on the street. Shoppers – please hold on to your litter until you see a garbage can and then stash the trash. If you have leftover items that have not been sold at the end of the day, please DO NOT leave them at the secondhand store and DO NOT leave them at the CURB past 7 p.m. By that time, items that you have left at the curb for free should have been picked up by the after-hours scavengers. Please keep our community clean!

Rain or shine, buyer or vendor, have fun on June 1!

If you have any questions that have not been addressed in this FAQ, please send an email to [email protected]

Louise Sproule, Organizer, Trash and Treasure
The Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association


Additional things in town on June 1, 2019: TBA.



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